Shaka Zulu (1986)

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A historical account on the life of the Zulu king Shaka.

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Series cast summary:
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 Lt. Francis Farewell (10 episodes, 1986-1989)
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 Dr. Henry Fynn (10 episodes, 1986-1989)
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 Lord Charles Somerset (6 episodes, 1986)
Fiona Fullerton ...
 Elizabeth Farewell (10 episodes, 1986-1989)
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 Lord Bathurst (10 episodes, 1986-1989)
Henry Cele ...
 Shaka (10 episodes, 1986-1989)
Dudu Mkhize ...
 Nandi (10 episodes, 1986-1989)
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 George IV (10 episodes, 1986-1989)
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 Prof. Bramston (10 episodes, 1986-1989)
Kenneth Griffith ...
 Zacharias Abrahams (10 episodes, 1986-1989)
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Framed around Queen Victoria's decision on England's political stance towards the Zulu Nation, this mini-series details King Shaka's rise and fall with mythic detail. Prophecy is mixed with recorded fact regarding Shaka's birth, exile, innovations in warfare, assumption of the throne, building of the Zulu Empire, first contact with Europe and the events that lead to his downfall. Written by Renee Ann Byrd <byrdie@wyrdbyrd.org>

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The Most Savage Warrior of All Time!


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24 November 1986 (USA)  »

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Шака Зулу  »

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$24,000,000 (estimated)
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Based on 'Joshua Sinclair (I)''s own novel "Shaka Zulu", itself based on the oral tradition of the Zulu people. See more »

Quotes

Dingiswayo: When I spoke of that nation, I wanted the name Mtetwa to stand for peace not total war! I wanted my armies to bring subjugation not destruction!
Shaka: To subdue another tribe, you must strike it once and for all. Total war, total subjugation to the paramount king and total destruction to anyone who raises even a whisper against him! Never leave an enemy behind or it will rise again to fly at your throat! There's no other way!
Dingiswayo: Yes, Shaka there is! Faith!
Shaka: IN WHAT!
Dingiswayo: The human being. Reason. In each man's...
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A class act
13 January 2006 | by (Cambridge, England) – See all my reviews

Although I remember seeing some of the original mini-series in the 80s I had never watched the whole story. My interest was re-awakened when I bought the Shaka Zulu box set in the January sales. Having watched the whole series through I realised that this was a great story, very well told and well acted (especially by the African leads - some of the British cast seem hammy in comparison although Edward Fox to his credit is less hammy than normal).

There are good production values and great scenery (the series used many of the original locations from Shaka's life) and hundreds of "real" extras. All in all a refreshing change from the vacuous CGI laden "epics" which flood the cinema now. I think the fact this was a mini-series has led to this production being seriously undervalued. It is a lot better than many films which get given Oscars.


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